An ImproveCareNow (ICN) care center, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, recently shared that their remission rate for children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) cared for at their Karjoo Family Center for Pediatric Gastroenterology improved from 60% in 2013 to 87% in 2022. The director of the IBD program, Prateek Wali, MD, attributes this remarkable improvement in the health of children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, at least in part to Upstate Golisano Children’s participation in ImproveCareNow.

“It is a great way to keep the quality of care at a high level, but it also allows us to have access to the most up-to-date information about new therapies, and new guidelines. The act of pre-screening patient visits and reviewing sicker children in our weekly team meetings has helped to organize our approach and therefore improve our numbers. I think they would have gone up anyway, but the substantial increase in remission is because of the data and the framework provided by the collaborative.” - Prateek Wali, MD 

As a participating center in the ImproveCareNow Network, the Upstate Golisano Children’s team uses a powerful, disease-specific, enhanced registry (called Outcomes), which enables them to identify gaps in care, undertake improvement initiatives to bridge these gaps, and then analyze outcomes to ensure continuous improvement.  

The ImproveCareNow Network currently includes care centers in 38 states, plus the District of Columbia, England, Qatar and Belgium. With more than 100 centers working together to learn, share and continuously improve, the network is actively bringing about more reliable, proactive IBD care and healthier children and youth.  

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About ImproveCareNow  
ImproveCareNow is a Learning Health Network dedicated to transforming care, health and costs for all children and youth with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD) by building a sustainable collaborative chronic care network. We are enabling patients, families, clinicians, and researchers to work together in a learning health care system to accelerate innovation, discovery and the application of new knowledge. We invite everyone interested in getting kids with IBD better right now to join us.  

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